Serpies do Mont Ventoux

13 Serpies conquer the Giant of Provence Mont Ventoux

On Saturday 13 Serpies set off to conquer the Giant of Provence Mont Ventoux not just once but 3 times. A challenge dreamed up in 2007, there are approx. 11000 official graduates of the Cingles du Mont Ventoux club . This is a ride of approx 140km and 4400m of climbing. 9 of the group completed the challenge and 4 did 2 climbs. Our hosts for the trip were Craig, Vicky and Andy from Veloventoux with Andy and Craig also leading many of the rides and providing a support vehicle for the Cingles day. I think everyone who came on the trip agrees it was a fantastic long weekend with us also cycling (and some running) on the other days. We were lucky with the weather dry, sunny and warm on all 4 days we were there (the previous weekend it had rained and been -1 on the top of Ventoux). We also sampled the local Cote Du Rhone wines produced in the region. I'm pretty sure there'll be another trip in 2018.

Alex Elfeirnk  

Submitted: 12 July 2017